Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala
Disaster relief underway
June 5, 2018 - New Zealand
On Saturday, June 3, 2018 around 10:00 am, the ‘Volcán de Fuego’ volcano, located 20 kilometers from NPH Guatemala, erupted, spewing volcanic ash onto the surrounding areas, including the NPH Guatemala home.
We thankfully report that the children, staff and volunteers in the NPH Guatemala home are safe, calm and well, and damages have not been reported to date. The children and families that are part of the program NPH OneFamily do not live in the areas affected by the eruption, and we have confirmed that they are safe.
Throughout the rest of the country, local media reports high numbers of damages. The number of fatalities has risen to over 69 people, with more than 2000 in shelters and over one million affected.
This is the second time in 2018 that this volcano has erupted, according to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH). Authorities indicate that the ash columns reached six thousand meters above sea level, marking the highest in the volcano’s history.
The rain of ash extended to the following departments: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Guatemala City, El Progreso, and Zacapa.
The Coordinator Against Disaster Reduction (CONRED) of Guatemala, launched an orange alert for all the villages and municipalities bordering the volcano's slopes, citing the increased risk of detrimental health complications due to exposure to high levels of volcanic ash or harmful, toxic gasses near the volcano itself.
NPH Guatemala has become a collection centre, receiving a variety of goods for distribution to the affected communities. We are delivering food and supplies and will provide support to children living in shelters in the coming weeks.
Please help the surrounding communities affected by this disaster. You can donate here: www.nph-newzealand.org/donation Reference: volcano